Friday, September 12, 2014

What a disappointment this kit is

I had the chance to buy any model kit with in reason for my Birthday, back in July. 

Well I took my time and looked through all the kits at Colpar hobbies and it came down to two kits.

One was the A-Z kit of the TBD Devastator made famous by its devastation at the battle of Midway in 1942.

The second kit was the Polar Lights model of the 1966 Batmobile, now the two kits were only $7.00 difference, the Devastator being the more expensive kit of the two, so I went with the Batmobile.

Huge mistake.  This was the first time I had bought a Polar Lights kit, and from the problems I have had with this kit, it will be the last.

All parts are molded in gloss black, with the exception of the chrome parts.  This makes it difficult to find part numbers and takes away half the fun of building a kit.

Some parts fill well, but not all and the plastic on some of the smaller parts is very thin and easily can be broken.  There is no way to fix the front wheels so they can turn, since they parts that hold the wheels have to be glued in place.

There is an unnecessary engine detail, since we never saw the Batmobile with its' hood open.  This does not add to the kit in any way honestly.  There is also a Bat computer in the trunk that I do not recall ever being seen in the series.

Missing are figures of Batman and Robin, which would have enhanced the model.

There is also a lot of needless under body assembly never seen, again like the engine assembly.

The ram jet engine at the back of the Batmobile is missing completely.

There are ample decals that add to the detail work.

Also the bottom of the model does not line up properly with the main upper body, there are gaps that will require lots of putty work to make the body seamless.

I have not been able to build this kit past a few stages and am ready to do something I have never done in my life, take it back part built and ask for my money back.

I am terribly disappointed by this kit and I do not recommend it to anyone.

It is supposed to be for modelers from age 10 and up, I would say this kit is for adult level advanced modelers only, with a lot of spare time on their hands, who do not mind having to do a lot of extra work.

Zero stars.

Apparently some people have been able to build this kit, here are a few photos of the completed kit.  Mine is no where close to looking like this.

Monday, September 1, 2014

An interesting remake

A week ago I had the opportunity to see JJ Abrams latest take on the STAR TREK series, STAR TREK Into Darkness.  This was the second time I had tried to see this film, the previous time the video froze at a key damatic point at the beginning of the episode.

I will give Abrams points, his visual affects and the way he developed the setting was very well done,

The story itself is a retelling of many Trekkers' favorite movies, STAR TREK The Wrath of Khan,

Abrams makes minor changes in the telling of the story, including the change of Kirk and Spock in regards to who saves the ship.

Benedict Cumberbacht plays Khan in this version and is remarkable playing the part thar Richardo Montalban created in 1966.

The only part cast that I still have issues with and the fact that the story was created totally for this film is the casting of Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Uhura.  Nichelle Nichols was and always will be Uhura, she had the personality and made you believe she was Swaheli.  Saldana comes across as a an American with no African heritage.  Also there was no relationship with Spock and Uhura 

I know this is JJ Abrans version of STAR TREK, however the Great Bird of the galaxy created this universe and set up the relationships I am certain he is a bit mifferd.

Overall the movie is well paced and has some nice twists and turns that make it a  fair addition to the STAR TREK universe.

Again Leonard Nimoy makes a guest appearance, I hope that they do not rely on this too often.

I give this TREK, 3 and a half stars out of 5.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Great album #100happydays


As you all know, I go to a thrift store once a week or so and am always adding records to my collection.

About three weeks ago or so, I found an album I had not listened to since leaving Missouri, or perhaps even before then then.

The album, In the Heat of the Night by Pat Benatar.

Pat Benatar was one of those singers whom I used to collect every album, just about, that came out and whom I eventually got tickets to see when she came to Denver.

I listened to her music and found myself identifying with a great deal of it, especially her music about being alone and a victim of abuse.

One song that I have always thought was unique on this album, was the song "My Clone Sleeps Alone"  This song was about the aids epidemic without coming out directly and saying so.  It is one of those songs you listen to and want to laugh because it seems so absurd but don't because you keep listening and wondering.

What I did not know, until looking at the composers on the music was that many of the songs on this album were covers that Pat Benatar had done, and in some cases her covers were better or as good as the original.  "Don't let it show" was done originally by Alan Parsons' Project, and yet Benatars' version sticks with you.

Another song from this album that was original was "So Sincere" and it is one of those songs that feels like a dual edge sword.

This album has a lot of memories and associations for me, but hearing it again for the first time in the past few years makes it seem all new again, and that is the great thing about a record, it can seem brand new and yet remind you of you at a different time, when things seemed to be easier and perhaps simpler because you didn't have those life experiences as yet.

And the original by Alan Parsons' Project.  You will see why Benatars' version is so much stronger and why she owns this song.

So this is why "In the Heat of the Night" is still one of my favorites all these years later and why two songs especially are favorites from this album,

Hope you enjoy, until next time.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

#100happydays no this is not an art museum

 Apature 2 or the Klingon Cresh? 1 of 2

 Santa Fe, or a scene from DOCTOR WHO?
 Art or an alien life form? 1 of 3

 Are those my feet I see before me?
No this was not taken at an art museum.  This is a waiting area in the University of Colorado Anschutz Cancer Research facility in Aurora Colorado.  Amazing art isn't it?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A German Restaurant in Aurora

Where I live in Aurora, Colorado you mainly have Mexican Restaurants with a few other places like McDonalds and Panera Breae d Company.

Finding any other ethnic restaurants is a rarity and is something you have to check out because it is so rare.

Near where my Physical Therapy center is located is a little German Restaurant called Helgas'.  I have not yet had the opportunity to go to this place, I hope to soon.  

Til then, here are some pictures of the outside of this little restaurant.

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Unique place to eat in Colorado

What follows are photos of perhaps one of the most unique places to eat in Colorado.  The location is at the cafe at The University of Colorado Medical Center.

I kid you not, the food was amazing and the setting is very unique in its appearance and over all feel.  If you want something different and fun then stop in.  Prices are reasonable and you will have something definitely to talk about after words.

 Veggi Lasagnia, it was delicious
 Dining area
 Really cool lights
 The windows in the wall
 Art on the wall  taken by my wife

Sunday, July 27, 2014

What is The Statue of Liberty? A great book by Joan Holub

Most of us think of The Statue of Liberty as the Greenish Blue statue that is out on Ellis Island off of New York.

Well it is a patina of Greenish Blue, since it was made of copper this is the patina it has, but it is not on Ellis Island, it is on Liberty Island.

This is just a small sample of the material that is contained in this compact book.

The book is written for children as a way of teaching them about ThUSe Statue of Liberty. however it is written in such a way, that people of any age can appreciate the book and the information contained with-in.

The book written by Joan Holub and is illustrated by John Hinderliter.

Mr. Hinderliters' illustrations add to the text and give a sense of completeness in the presentation of materials.

You will discover how the United States nearly lost this gift from France and what part Gustave Eiffel had in the building of the statue, and how Bedlows Island was chosen and why the Statue was put on an Island.

There is so much information and this book is such a pleasure to read, that you will find yourself reading it again just to bone up on all the cool trivia you will find here-in.

What is The Statue of Liberty is 5 stars and a great book for people of all ages.  You will enjoy this book.